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Crispy Brown Rice "Kabbouleh"

['2 tablespoons dried currants', '2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar', '3/4 cup short-grain brown rice', 'Kosher salt', 'Vegetable oil (for frying; about 2 cups)', '1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped cauliflower florets', '1/2 small bunch curly kale, ribs and stems removed, leaves coarsely chopped (about 2 cups)', '1/2 small English hothouse cucumber, finely chopped', '1 scallion, thinly sliced', '1/3 cup olive oil', '2 teaspoons Aleppo pepper or 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes', '2 teaspoons sumac (optional)', 'Freshly ground black pepper', 'A deep-fry thermometer']

Combine currants and vinegar in a small bowl; let sit at least 2 hours and up to 1 day.
Cook rice in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until tender, 45-50 minutes. Drain rice, return to pot, cover, and let sit 10 minutes. Spread out on a baking sheet; let dry out overnight in an unlit oven or on countertop.
Fit a medium saucepan with thermometer and pour in vegetable oil to measure 2". Heat over medium-high heat until thermometer registers 350°. Working in 4 batches, cook rice until golden and puffed, about 1 minute. Using a fine-mesh sieve, transfer puffed rice to paper towels to drain; season with salt and let cool.
Meanwhile, pulse cauliflower in a food processor until finely chopped. Transfer to large bowl. Working in batches, pulse kale in food processor until finely chopped (be careful not to turn into a purée), adding to cauliflower as you go. Add puffed rice, currants with soaking liquid, cucumber, scallion, olive oil, Aleppo pepper, and sumac, if using; toss to combine and season with salt, black pepper, and more vinegar, if desired.
Do ahead: Rice can be fried 5 days ahead. Store airtight at room temperature

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